Image editing applications such as Adobe Photoshop include cropping tools that allow users to remove unwanted areas of an image or change its aspect ratio, but Adobe Illustrator does not, being a vector-based graphics program. Here you will learn how to crop in Adobe Illustrator.
Cropping in Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator gives users the ability to hide sections of an image using vector masks to get the same result as cropping the image would produce in Photoshop. This is a powerful, easy to use feature that you will quickly master.
First, we'll look at how to crop using a clipping mask and then we'll go over how to do the same thing using an opacity mask. Here is how to crop using a clipping mask.